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Hardly Haunted by Jessie Sima - Book Review

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By Jessie Sima, Jessie Sima (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781534441705
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - July 20th, 2021

Sima has written, as well as illustrated, a picture book that is about a house who is afraid she is haunted! She does not want to be haunted. Therefore, she tries to stay calm, so doors do not creak. She tries to make sure things are not spooky and odd sounds do not come from her. Yet, one day she has an experience that changes her feelings, and she realizes that being haunted might not be so bad after all, especially when the right family finds you! ~ Reviewed by Jeanette Sessions

Egg Marks the Spot (Skunk and Badger 2) by Amy Timberlake - Book Review

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By Amy Timberlake, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781643750064
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - September 14th, 2021

Our heroes, Skunk (sweet, a bit naïve, passionate, a tad inconsiderate) and Badger (gruff, scientific, hungry, a good guy) decide to take off on an adventure to replace Badger’s missing rock in his collection. Skunk leads with his heart like he always does and Badger takes on the task with common sense. But both will enjoy the mysterious adventures they find themselves in. And one of those adventures includes a tiny orange chicken, a special egg, a chicken whistle, and wharf rats. Not to mention food will be eaten, feathers will fly, and rocks will be found. Treasure will come in all shapes, sizes, colors and will surprise you. New and old friends come together in this journey of what it means to be friends, be a serious rock scientist and to step outside your comfort zone. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Cat & Cat Adventures: The Quest for Snacks by Susie Yi - Book Review

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By Susie Yi, Susie Yi (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780063083806
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Published: HarperAlley - September 7th, 2021

This first in a new young graphic novel series follows the adventures of two magical cat besties, Squash and Ginny, who accidentally get sent on a journey that turns into an adventure about friendship, having fun, using your strengths, and using both passion and logic to solve problems. When they run out of snacks one day, they decide to make a potion that will give them more. But they are out of ingredients. And when they accidentally start their journey by a mistake Ginny made, they find themselves in magical worlds where they run into adventures and make friends along the way. But will they be able to gather all the ingredients and find a way home? ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Garlic and the Vampire by Bree Paulsen - Book Review

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By Bree Paulsen, Bree Paulsen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062995087
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Published: Quill Tree Books - September 28th, 2021

When Garlic, her fruit and vegetable friends and Witch Agnes see smoke coming from the (they thought) abandoned castle, their imaginations run wild. And when Witch Agnes learns there is a vampire now living there, the theories of why the vampire is there and what he plans on doing move faster than water downstream! When Celery “volunteers” Garlic to find out what is going on, she must overcome her fears, but also must act because she loves her family and the people of the village. What will a poor little Garlic (who just wants to take naps, be with her friend Carrot, and help at the market) do? The illustrations make you feel like you are in a European village when vampires, witches and sentient vegetables and fruits lived (mostly) in harmony.
Paulsen created an adorable story about a plucky little garlic who has more courage than she realizes and a message about not judging a book by its cover. There is an atmosphere of old world, classic tale to the story, along with a hearty dose of modern sensibilities. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Tidesong by Wendy Xu - Book Review

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By Wendy Xu, Wendy Xu (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062955791
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Published: Quill Tree Books - November 16th, 2021

The adventures Sophie, her cousin Sage, and Great-Aunt Lan, along with a lost dragon named Lir, take is a magical journey into the world of friendship and the true meaning of family and responsibilities. Delightful art tops this story of human and dragon. Ages 10 to adult can enjoy this delightful gem. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Shark Summer by Ira Marcks - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316461443
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 25th, 2021

This is a friendship story, a family story and more for the 10- to 13-year-old. There are mysteries, broken friendships, broken bones, and a Hollywood movie being made with a shark called Bruce (calling Captain Quint). Things are bumpy but that is ok. Life is bumpy. When reality and movie magic fantasy come to this Scooby Gangs Island, a lot is unmasked, and healing can start. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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